CAT Topper Interview-FMS student Koundinya Nellutla Shares Success Mantra
CAT 2013 exam is hardly 2 months away. While you must be at the peak of your preparation, Careers360 starts a special series of past year’s CAT toppers’ interviews. In the first interview of the series, we have among us Koundinya Nellutla, who scored 99.79 percentile in CAT 2012 and a first year student of Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi.
Koundinya hails from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He pursued B.E in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. He has 8 months work experience at Cognizant Technology Solutions, Hyderabad. He has selected FMS, Delhi from an array of top B-schools such as DMS, IIT Delhi, MDI Gurgaon and 4 new IIMs.
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Excerpts from the interview:
Q: Why and when did you decide to do MBA?
A: I had decided to do MBA in 3rd year of engineering. I have an inclination toward selecting MBA because my elder brother is an MBA. That is human tendency to follow the footsteps of one’s elders. Personally and briefly speaking, I like the work managers do and the responsibilities they undertake. Additionally I feel that the growth that MBA offers is more when compared to the growth the other fields offer.
Q: How did you start the preparation and what was your overall strategy?
A: I had started preparing for CAT in my 2nd year even before deciding about taking the exam. I started with my favourite topics, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. After joining in an MBA coaching institute I realized what my weak areas were. I worked on them and took help from my brother and my lecturers without whom I wouldn’t have been in FMS. As lecturers have immense knowledge and experience in cracking CAT, I took their suggestions and followed them without fail.
Q: What is your CAT 2012 percentile? Which other MBA entrance exams did you take?
A: My overall CAT 2012 percentile was 99.79. I scored 99.98 percentile in Section 1, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation as that was my forte and 86.24 percentile in Section 2, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
Apart from CAT 2012, I wrote XAT 2013. I secured 98.26 percentile in total in XAT 2013.
Q: Please share your Group Discussion and Personal Interview experience in detail.
A: My GD topic was “Increase in social expenditure and Decrease in military expenditure”.
There were around 14 people in our group. The experience was good. I chipped in reasonably good number of times. I’ve put across sensible points. Duration of GD was around 15 minutes.
There were three panelists for the Personal Interview round. It went on for 5 minutes.
The Extempore topic was “Journey of life”. It was for one minute. After that, I was asked about my interests. Questions were asked on them.
FMS has lot of experience in teaching MBA to students. The knowledge I can gain is immense from such an experienced institute. It has location advantage. Batch size is low. When speaking in terms of placements, they are exceptionally well even in the gloomy economic scenario. I think these are enough reasons to choose FMS Delhi.
Q: Do you think it is possible to crack CAT without taking formal coaching? What would you suggest the CAT 2013 aspirants who would like to prepare by themselves?
A: I won’t say that aspirants who will not take formal coaching will not make into a good B-School, but given the competition outside, it is not at all a wise decision not to take training and put one year at risk.
Q: Were you a working professional or a student while preparing for CAT? How did you manage the CAT preparation in your regular schedule?
A: This is my second attempt of CAT. My first attempt was in my 4th year of engineering. I didn’t face any problem in managing my regular academics as my friends helped that time. Then for the second time, I joined CTS in September. By that time I started revising the concepts.
Q: What was your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning?
A: May be because I was interested in Quantitative Ability and to some extent, Data Interpretation, I didn’t find difficulty in solving the questions from these areas. I prepared from the material which my CAT preparation institute provided. Same is the case with Reasoning. I worked only on the problems given in the material. I never went for extra material which was available in the Internet. I faced lot of difficulty in verbal section. I used to read The Hindu newspaper. I asked my lecturers to give me extra material so that I can work on them. I completely solved all the questions in the material, both given by the institute and lecturers.
Q: What was your strategy for time management for the CAT pattern?
A: I used to attempt QA questions first and then DI in section 1. In section 2, I used to attempt Logical Reasoning first and Verbal Ability part second. Practice tells you your weaknesses and strengths. Based on that, you can decide how much you want to spend on each section.
Q: What is your message for the MBA aspirants who will take CAT 2013 and other exams of the season?
A: My first suggestion for the future managers is to be disciplined. Listen to what lecturers say and follow their suggestions as they have seen thousands of aspirants. They know, by observation, how the problems can be solved. Solve all the questions that are given in the material. Don’t leave any of the questions from your study material. It gives you an idea how a problem can be solved when you are still in middle of the problem reading it.
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Questions related to CAT
for cat exam which is going to held on november 28 2021 is 2 months home preparation is enough to get good score. please suggest me
Home preparation or we can say Revision or Practice is more than enough to score good marks for any competitive exams. You should have a proper schedule and syllabus that is to be cover you should go through last years paper for knowing the pattern of questions, you should go through atleast 10 sample papers for proper practice. Be focused and set a target of how much you want to achieve, so that you can atleast give your best to achieve near to that target. The most important thing while writing an exam or while preparing is to be calm and focused. So be calm and don't panic.
Hope this helps you.
All the best for your exams.
Give your best
I got crl 37412 in jee mains i am from gen cat ews what are chances for me to getting any nits or iiits
With 37412 crl, your ews rank would be roughly around 6k - 7k, if not do let us know.
Making prediction is difficult as cutoff depends upon various factors like :-
-----------) number of students/ candidates that appeared in the jee main exam,
-----------) number of available seats,
-----------) performance of different students in the examination,
-----------) the branch you want,
-----------) the category you belong etc.
-----------) your rank in jee main
When we go through previous year trend then
>>>>>>>>> With 6k-7k ews rank
Yes, you have chances in NITs and IIITs
You have chances in following which are listed below along with their closing rank in 6th round of josaa counselling 2020 under other state/ all india quota :-
---------) NIT Agartala :- civil engineering :- 7572 ews rank.
---------) National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar:-Industrial and Production Engineering:- 7486 ews rank
---------) NIT Durgapur :- Biotechnology :- 7788 ews rank
--------) Indian Institute of Information Technology, Agartala:-Computer Science and Engineering:-7001 ews rank
---------) Indian Institute of Information Technology Manipur:- ECE :-7916 ews rank
You can check the closing ranks at official website of josaa by going through the link given below
For previous year cut offs of top colleges like NITs, IIITs , you can also refer our page at :-
Above prediction has been made considering past year cut off data but closing rank for colleges varies every year depending upon many factors like jee main question paper difficulty, number of students writing the exam etc so
To have a personalised report on your chances of getting a college you can go through our college predictor, it will give you complete list of colleges which you can get on the basis of the category you belong to, your home state, your gender etc, the link for jee main college predictor is provided below
To help you further,
Minimum percentile in jee main 2021 to qualify it to be eligible for jee advanced 2021 is given below :-
--------) general :-87.8992241 percentile
--------) EWS:- 66.2214845 percentile
--------) OBC-NCL :- 68.0234447 percentile
--------) SC :- 46.8825338 percentile
--------) ST:- 34.6728999 percentile
--------) PWD :- 0.0096375 percentile
I am currenlty in BBA Final Year and preparing for CAT. Im not interested in doing an MBA in business but I have no other choice because of my family. I want to become a pastry chef. How do I achieve that after MBA in Finance/ Marketing?
Hope you are doing well.
I am glad to know that you are willing to pursue your passion. BUt for this you need to ensure that you have adquate finaces with you. This is because after doing an MBA in finance, the only way you can be a pastry chef is to get into a culinary course, hotel management course and opening up your own bakery. Yes, I am not kidding. Doing MBA will give you many lessons on entrepreneurship, business modelling and much more. Just that if you have the finances, you can make it through.
Or may be after doing an MBA from reputed and top colleges, you will not be getting any package less than 25 lakhs. You can work for 3-5 years and then you can enter the career you want. Give yourself some time and think about it.
Hope that you got the answer to your question. Feel free to comment back incase of any doubts. All the Best!
can i clear cat without coaching institutes ?? if yes then plz guide me what means and materials should I prefer ? thank you
Yes, you can definitely prepare without any coaching and score good as well provided you are dedicated towards your studies.
Follow the below tips:-
********* First of all go through its syllabus and examination pattern so that you can prepare accordingly.
Exam pattern:- https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-exam-pattern
Your CAT examination has 3 sections :-
----------) VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION ( VARC) :- Reading is the key to score good marks in VARC, you need to go through newspapers, articles, journals, etc so that you can improve your reading skills. While reading note down the new words and write their meanings to improve your vocabulary. You need to practice questions based on comprehension, para jumbles and inference.
>>>> Best books for VARC
Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis ( to improve your vocabulary)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
----------)DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING (DILR) :- You need to practice topics like blood relations ,seating arrangements, syllogisms,Propositions, etc to have a good hold on this section. Unlike maths, there's no formula in DILR so practice is the key, the more you practice, the better you get.
>>>> Best books for DILR :-
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by K. Sinha Nishit
----------)QUANTITATIVE ABILITY (QA) :- First clear your basics of maths, you need to go through topics like profit and loss, geometry, Arithmetic, number system, Time-Speed and Distance etc . Avoid the use of calculator so that you can do improve your calculation speed. For each topic, you can write down important fomulas and short tricks on a sheet of paper so that it's easy for you during revision.
>>>> Best best books you can follow for QA:-
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh K Verma
********* Make a time table, give more time to the subject you are weak at , for example if you are weak at Quantitive ability then give it more time.
********* Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals and meet them without any fail.
*********Solve previous year question papers of CAT :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions, also concepts behind the question often gets repeated, so you should definitely solve year papers . You can get cat previous year question papers at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-question-papers
*********Once you are done with complete CAT syllabus then go through CAT mock test papers , it will let you know your preparation level and and weak areas so that you can work on them and perform well in your examination
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I want to get addmission in IIM Bangalore , so want to know about cat exam , when, and where last date
CAT 2021 Examination -
- Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level management examination. It is organized by IIM on the rotation basis.
- Through this examination, students will get admission in various management programs offered by IIMs, IITs, NITs and other reputed institutions.
- The registration process has been started from 4th August 2021.
- Last date for registration : 22nd September 2021
- Registration Fee :
|General, OBC||Rs. 2200|
|SC/ ST/ PwD||Rs. 1100|
Hope this helps !